Girl, 9, stops mom’s knife attack on brother in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old girl managed to stop her mother’s knife attack on her 5-year-old brother and that the St. Louis woman tried to drug both children and smother her 2-year-old son.

Thirty-five-year-old Syeda Sirajuddin, of Ballwin, was charged Thursday with armed criminal action and two counts each of first-degree assault and child endangerment. Her bail was set at $150,000, cash only. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.

The complaint says she stabbed the 5-year-old multiple times Wednesday at the family’s home in western St. Louis County and held a blanket and her hand over the face of the 2-year-old. Authorities say the 5-year-old was hospitalized, but the other two children weren’t seriously harmed.

The complaint says she also gave the older children sleeping aides in an effort to knock them out.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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